The city's main football team, FK Jelgava
FK Jelgava
FK Jelgava is a Latvian football club that is based in Jelgava. Its best results came when the team was named RAF Jelgava.-Automobīlists Jelgava:...

, plays in the Latvian Higher League and won the 2009/2010 Latvian Football Cup
Latvian football Cup
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Notable people

  • August Johann Gottfried Bielenstein
    August Johann Gottfried Bielenstein
    August Johann Gottfried Bielenstein was a Baltic German linguist, folklorist, ethnographer, and theologian.Bielenstein was born in Mitau , where he also died...

     (1826–1907) - linguist, folklorist, ethnographer
  • Joseph Hirshhorn
    Joseph Hirshhorn
    ]Joseph Herman Hirshhorn was an entrepreneur, financier and art collector. Born in Mitau, Latvia, the twelfth of thirteen children, Hirshhorn emigrated to the United States with his widowed mother at the age of six....

     (1899–1981), entrepreneur, financier
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     and art collector
  • Renārs Kaupers
    Renars Kaupers
    Renārs Kaupers, artistic name Reynard Cowper is a Latvian pop singer and songwriter.He is the lead singer of the Latvian pop/rock band Brainstorm, which came third at the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 with their song "My Star"...

     (1974-), Latvian singer
  • Natalia Laschenova (1973-) Olympic team gold medalist (gymnastics)
  • Jānis Lūsis
    Janis Lusis
    Jānis Lūsis is a Latvian athlete who competed in javelin throw.Lūsis trained at Daugava Voluntary Sports Society and later at Armed Forces sports society...

     (1939-), Latvian (and Soviet) athlete - javelin thrower
  • Kazimierz Pułaski (1745–1779), Polish military officer, a commander in the Bar Confederation
    Bar Confederation
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    , a General
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     in the Continental Army
    Continental Army
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     during the American Revolutionary War
    American Revolution
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  • Elza Radziņa (1917–2005), Latvian actress
  • Einars Repše (1961-), Latvian politician
  • Paul Schiemann
    Paul Schiemann
    Paul Schiemann was a Baltic German journalist, editor and politician who was known for his commitment to minority rights.Schiemann was born in Mitau in Courland, then part of the Russian Empire. He grew up in Estonia, was educated in Germany, and served his army training in Lithuania...

     (1876–1944), journalist, editor and politician
  • Artūrs Skrastiņš
    Artūrs Skrastiņš
    Artūrs Skrastiņš is a Latvian actor. In the theater, since 1996 he has worked for Dailes teātris. He also took part in several films....

     (1974-), stage and film actor
  • Mamert Stankiewicz
    Mamert Stankiewicz
    Mamert Stankiewicz was a Polish naval officer of the merchant marine, the commander of Lwów, SS Polonia and finally the ocean liner MS Piłsudski. During the opening months of World War II he sank with the latter ship and died of hypothermia...

     (1889–1939), the captain
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     of the Polish merchant marine
  • Eduard Totleben
    Eduard Totleben
    Eduard Ivanovich Totleben was a Baltic German military engineer and Imperial Russian Army general. He was in charge of fortification and sapping work during a number of important Russian military campaigns.-Early life:...

     (1818–1884), Russian military engineer
  • Carl Christian Joseph of Saxony
    Carl Christian Joseph of Saxony, Duke of Courland
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    , Duke of Courland and Semigallia
    Duchy of Courland and Semigallia
    The Duchy of Courland and Semigallia is the name of a duchy in the Baltic region that existed from 1562 to 1569 as a vassal state of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and from 1569...

  • Feodor Stepanovich Rojankovsky
    Feodor Stepanovich Rojankovsky
    Feodor Stepanovich Rojankovsky , also known as Rojan, was a Russian émigré illustrator. He is best known for his illustrations for children's books, and conversely, for his erotic illustrations.-Biography:...

     (1891–1970), illustrator
  • Kaspars Znotiņš
    Kaspars Znotiņš
    Kaspars Znotiņš is a Latvian stage and film actor.Born in Jelgava, Latvia, Znotiņš began his career working on the New Riga Theatre, and has performed in stage productions at the Latvian National Theatre and Dailes Theatre...

     (1975-), stage and film actor

Twin towns — Sister cities

Jelgava is twinned
Town twinning
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 with: Pärnu
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, Estonia
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, since 1957 Šiauliai
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, Lithuania
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, since 1960 Vejle
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, Denmark
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, since 1992 Shinjinga, Taiwan
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, since 2000 Alcamo
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, Italy
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, since 2002 Baranovichi
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, Belarus
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, since 2003 Berlin
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, Germany
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, since 2003 Hällefors
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, Sweden
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, since 2004 Moscow
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 Southern Administrative Zone, Russia
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, since 2003 Ivano-Frankivsk
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, Ukraine
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Nacka is the municipal seat of Nacka Municipality and part of Stockholm urban area in Sweden. The municipality's name harks back to an 16th century industrial operation established by the Crown at Nacka farmstead where conditions for water mills are good...

, Sweden
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, since 2004 Rueil-Malmaison
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, France
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, since 2006 Magadan
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, Russia
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 Białystok, Poland
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 Nova Odessa
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, Brazil
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